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Geminid Meteor Shower Suggestions
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:27:01 AM »
Any good tips for photographing meteor showers?
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Geminid Meteor Shower Suggestions
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Re: Geminid Meteor Shower Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012, 02:01:36 AM »
Just did a quick bit of googling, looks like longish exposures (multiple seconds to a few minutes, which will give you star trails), and highish ISO with wide open or only marginally stopped down. Great sturdy tripod, and a remote shutter release. Don't forget to pre-focus using Live View if available, and use shutter lockup if you can.
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Re: Geminid Meteor Shower Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012, 03:37:26 AM »
It really depends on how much effort you want to exert.

No matter what, you should get away from the city lights. Next, look into google sky map or a star chart and find the constellation Gemini. That is where there is going to be the highest probability of capturing a meteor. A wide angle lens is best, so shoot for a focal length around 14mm to 40mm.

As Drizzt321 said, a remote shutter release is definitely preferred, but using a 2 second or 10 second timer helps significantly reduce vibrations if you do not have a remote. 

If you want to get advanced, you would want an intervalometer and limit your exposures to 10-15 seconds (to not have star trails). (magic lantern has an intervalometer if you have it installed) If you take pictures sequentially for a couple hours during the peak of the shower, you can stack the images together. This would show all meteors captured on a single image.. 

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Re: Geminid Meteor Shower Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012, 03:37:26 AM »